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Sachin Tendulkar – The God of Cricket

This blog is for the man who taught us the real meaning of cricket, who taught us to play cricket. When we talk about Cricket, the first name that comes to our mind is ‘Sachin Tendulkar’- The God of Cricket. He may retire, but not his legacy. He will always be remembered when we talk about cricket.

He started playing cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test début against Pakistan at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai in domestic cricket and India internationally for twenty-four years. He is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International, the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket. He is also the first Indian to score 50,000 runs in all forms of domestic and international recognized cricket.

In 2002, Wisden ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Don Bradman, and the second greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards. There were some moments in his career, where we saw a downfall, but every time Sachin stood up and proved all his critics wrong. His love for cricket kept him in the game and also in our hearts. Only an Indian can understand that feeling when Sachin is batting in the nervous 90’s and then the whole nation bursting and celebrating his century as its one of the festival. He is the most worshipped cricketer in the world. If we talk about Sachin Tendulkar, this blog will never come to an end. Hence, we will keep it short and sweet till now. 

Here are some of my favorite quotes on Sachin Tendulkar from other cricketers.

1.   “I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…his compactness, technique, stroke production – it all seemed to gel!” – Sir Donald Bradman

2.   “He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also.”
Waqar Younis, former Pakistan fast bowler

3.   “There are two kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.” –Andy Flower, former Zimbabwe cricketer

4.   “Sachin Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders” – Virat Kohli after India won the 2011 World Cup.

5.   “I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India” – Matthew Hayden

6.   “I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets!” – Anil Kumble

7.   “We did not lose to a team called India. We lost to a man called Sachin” – Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)

8.   “Commit all your sins when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the lord is watching!”
A banner in UK.

9.   I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player – Shane Warne.

10. I’ll see god when I die but till then I’ll see Sachin – From a fan in Sharjah

With these wonderful quotes, I end this blog here and promise to continue writing about the legend ‘Sachin Tendulkar.

“Keep reading and Keep Smiling”. Thank You.

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This blog is for all those people who love and respect Cricket and also for those who don’t. The game of cricket binds the whole world together just like all the other sports. The love, sportsmanship, respect and humanity are the answers to bring peace in the world and hope we get it soon.

There once was a quote from Bernard Shaw stating “Cricket is a game played by fools”. If that’s so, you can call me one. But this does not change anything for those who love and respect the game with true spirit and sportsmanship.

Cricket is a unique game where in addition to the laws, the players must stand by the “Spirit of the Game”. The standard of sportsmanship has given this sport a name as “The Gentlemen’s Game”.

In the last few decades though, cricket has become increasingly fast-paced and competitive. But the players are still expected to accept and respect the umpire’s decision without any argument. In addition to this, some batsmen have been known to “walk” when they think they are out even if the umpire does not declare them out. This is a high level of sportsmanship, as a batsman can easily take advantage of incorrect umpiring decisions.

Cricket has had an influence on the culture of all the cricketing nations, especially the English and the Indians. There have been many cricket films too. Being an Indian, i understand the love, respect and gratitude amongst the people of the nation for cricket. We say in India, “Cricket is our religion and Sachin Tendulkar is our God”. I could not keep him away when we are talking about Cricket. I grew up watching him and shouting Sachin….Sachin when he used to play. A blog from me, completely dedicated to the “God of Cricket” is surely on the way. 

Till then, thanks for reading and be assured “there’s more to come”.